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      Urtication (flogging with stinging nettles) and flagellation (beating with rods) in the treatment of paralysis

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      Spinal Cord Series and Cases

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      Spinal cord diseases, Quality of life

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          Urtication and flagellation were used as a last resort in the treatment of paralysis when all other means were exhausted, and very few cases are reported in the literature. Two cases were identified and reviewed, one of urtication (flogging with nettles) and one of flagellation (beating with rods). In both cases the symptoms were alleviated, but there was insufficient detail to evaluate the therapeutic value of each treatment.

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                Contributors
                jrussellsilver@btconnect.com
                Journal
                Spinal Cord Ser Cases
                Spinal Cord Ser Cases
                Spinal Cord Series and Cases
                Nature Publishing Group UK (London )
                2058-6124
                26 September 2019
                2019
                : 5
                Affiliations
                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0000 9947 0731, GRID grid.413032.7, National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, ; Aylesbury, UK
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0001 0726 8331, GRID grid.7628.b, Oxford Brookes University, ; Oxford, UK
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                10.1038/s41394-019-0222-8
                6786426
                31632737
                © International Spinal Cord Society 2019
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                spinal cord diseases, quality of life

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